Welcome to Drink Holidays
Welcome to Drink Holidays.
Never miss a reason to celebrate! Did you know there are numerous drinking "holidays" throughout the year? Learn more about how these boozy holidays came to be, and let's face it, they're a fun excuse to get together, celebrate, and of course drink.
October Drink Holidays
The celebration of World Sake Day—or Nihonshu no Hi—is celebrated annually on October 1. World Sake Day coincides with the beginning of Japan’s sake—or rice wine— brewing season. At the conclusion of the rice harvest each fall, sake producers across the country begin their brewing process in preparation for winter—when sake undergoes fermentation.
National Vodka Day occurs annually on October 4, and is a celebration of the most popular distilled spirit in the United States—a title vodka has held since replacing bourbon in the 1970s as America’s most frequently purchased liquor.
Liqueurs. Cordials. Schnapps. Whatever you call them in your part of the country, celebrate them each year on October 16 for National Liqueur Day.
November Drink Holidays
Ah happy hour. The best hour of the day. Celebrate the time-honored tradition of the after-work drink on National Happy Hour Day, which takes place each year on November 12.
National Harvey Wallbanger Day, celebrated annually on November 8, pays homage to the man… the myth… the cocktail… Harvey Wallbanger.
December Drink Holidays
On December 5, 1933, America’s “great experiment” ended. The Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution was signed into law, putting an end to 13 years of Prohibition. Thus, each year on December 5, we celebrate National Repeal Day.
Whether you love it or hate it, few beverages evoke the holiday season like Eggnog—which is why we celebrate National Eggnog Day on December 24, the day before Christmas.
While not an “official” drink holiday, New Year’s Eve may very well be the biggest drinking day in the entire year, and celebrated worldwide. It is a day to celebrate the beginning of a new year, and there is often a big countdown leading to the stroke of midnight.
January Drink Holidays
It is perhaps no coincidence that National Bloody Mary Day—celebrated each year on January 1—coincides with National Hangover Day. For those who partied their way into the new year, a Bloody Mary is just what the doctor ordered when the sun rises on New Year’s Day.
What’s more emblematic of celebrating the coming of a New Year than toasting with a glass of champagne? Nothing! That’s why it makes perfect sense that New Year’s Day is also National Champagne Day!
National Hot Toddy Day, celebrated annually on January 11, pays homage to a revered cold-weather cocktail favorite. What better time to celebrate a hot cocktail than January, when days are short, nights are long, and temperatures are frigidly cold in most parts of the world?
National Hot Buttered Rum Day is celebrated annually on January 17—which is fitting, since it’s the perfect concoction to warm up a cold winter’s day!
National Irish Coffee Day is January 25. Although we celebrate this hot beverage during January when temperatures plummet, the Irish Coffee is a versatile cocktail that stands out in any season.
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